The Last Bookshop in London Published by Hanover Square Press on April 6, 2021
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Genres: Fiction, General, Historical, Romance, Women, World War II
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"An irresistible tale which showcases the transformative power of literacy, reminding us of the hope and sanctuary our neighborhood bookstores offer during the perilous trials of war and unrest."
--KIM MICHELE RICHARDSON, author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
August 1939: London prepares for war as Hitler's forces sweep across Europe. Grace Bennett has always dreamed of moving to the city, but the bunkers and blackout curtains that she finds on her arrival were not what she expected. And she certainly never imagined she'd wind up working at Primrose Hill, a dusty old bookshop nestled in the heart of London.
Through blackouts and air raids as the Blitz intensifies, Grace discovers the power of storytelling to unite her community in ways she never dreamed--a force that triumphs over even the darkest nights of the war.
"A gorgeously written story of love, friendship, and survival set against the backdrop of WWII-era London."
--JILLIAN CANTOR, author of In Another Time and Half Life
"A love letter to the power of books to unite us, to hold the world together when it's falling apart around our ears. This fresh take on what London endured during WWII should catapult Madeline Martin to the top tier of historical fiction novelists."
--KAREN ROBARDS, author of The Black Swan of Paris
Many books have been written about WW2 war heroes, and they have their place on shelves to inspire and tell the story about the battles. I love stories about ordinary people who got up every day, went to their jobs, and also volunteered in the evenings or in their spare time to help those in their neighborhoods. Grace Bennett’s is just the perfect example of this. She has no recommendation letter to get herself a job and has way bigger dreams than working a dusty old book shop. Inside the bookshop with a curmudgeon older man who doesn’t want her, she gains a whole new perspective on books and the magic they have when a crisis is brewing. Throughout the novel, grace comes into to own as she braves the blackouts to read to fellow Londoners in shelters as the bombs explode around them. She volunteers to help keep those she now calls family as safe as she can and, in the end, gets the greatest treasure all book lovers can escape when the worse is brewing outside your door.